Who will win the battle in DAS Phase III markets?

DTH, with its high rate of inactive subscribers – as high at 45% on an average — is clearly out of the race for the lion’s share. So, whoever wins the battle to sign up and empower the highest number of Last Mile Operators (LMOs) in DAS Phase III markets– clearly either the MSOs or a good HITS Platform — will take it away.

Girl Rising, airing on Raksha Bandhan, receives full support from PM Modi, Maneka Gandhi

This Raksha Bandhan, what do superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, Freida Pinto, Nandita Das, Sushmita Sen and Parineeti Chopra have in common? They’ve come together to urge television viewers across India’s leading Hindi GEC, Star Plus, to celebrate women’s empowerment through education. For which leading Hindi GEC Star Plus…

Media can be the best ‘Made In India’ story: Sanjay Gupta

In Delhi last week, I attended the CII Big Picture Summit 2014 on Friday and Saturday. Excellent policy and industry leaders, a great event put together by CII. Congratulations to Amita Sircar for this big and meaningful summit. Comparisons are odious, so all I’ll say is, it is an excellent follow up to FICCI’s annual Frames series…

Random thoughts from the India Radio Forum 2012 in Mumbai

The India Radio Forum 2012, Mumbai. Much déjà vu, some interesting insights, very poor – actually, dismal – turnout, particularly for a Radio event. But fortunately, there were some pretty good Radio- and other leaders in attendance, who gave time for the sessions, presentations, panel discussions. The runaway winner of the day, for me, was…

Vidya Balan, other Bollywood directors and stars salute National Anthem World Record at Aurangabad

Several Bollywood stars, directors, music directors and singers have saluted the massive turnout and the world record at the Lokmat Media initiative in Aurangabad, where close to a lakh-and-a-half people turned up for singing the National Anthem in unison. Here is what Vidya Balan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Mahesh Bhatt, Arbaaz Khan, Manoj Kumar, Farha Khan, Jackie Shroff, Anupam Kher, Sunil Shetty, Johnny Lever, Ismail Durbar and Subhash Ghai have to say.

Dilip Kumar: Maharashtra holds the roots of my life and career.

Dilip Kumar, reflecting on winning the Lokmat Jeevan Gaurav Award at the Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards 2011, writes on his blog: “In more ways than one it is Maharashtra that holds the roots of my life and career. I had my schooling at Barnes School in Deolali, Nashik, as a day scholar. The moderate climate, especially the cool summers attracted my parents to stay in Deolali since my mother was ailing with asthma. Years later, after I became known as actor Dilip Kumar, I revisited Deolali in the course of my search all over Nashik District for an ideal location to film Ganga Jamuna’s outdoor scenes.”